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Oct 12
Peter Houstle

In The Future of Data Bo Crader suggests we “Forget about Big Data,” and asks “What does your organization actually need and struggle with? What will make a real impact on your fundraising, service, and Mission?” Like Crader, I find “Smart Data” is “a more resonant term for what nonprofits are looking for today: how can we transform and serve data in a more automated, expedient, and actionable fashion than what we’ve done in the past.”

Blog
Sep 30
Peggy Hoffman
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It’s really human nature to get involved and when we don’t get involved, we don’t have that loyalty or that commitment and so in a membership organization, involvement is going to be the trigger. I have on more than occasion suggested we ban the "V" word as in Volunteer because it causes us (who manage volunteers) and members (who could be volunteers) to be trapped in an old paradigm.

Blog
Sep 30
Peggy Hoffman
Setting a game plan for a team on chalkboard

The conversation on volunteerism in association is shifting – in an exciting way. The questions about how to engage non-traditional volunteers and those on how rethink the model from the top down are finally taking center stage. I had an opportunity to keep the conversation going through a webinar with YourMembership.com.

Video
Sep 30
Peggy Hoffman
Blog
Sep 27
Peggy Hoffman

Increasingly our volunteer teams are spread across town, across the state, across the country and even over country borders. It's tough enough to lead a group of volunteers, but when you're leading via phone and web, its downright messy.

Slide Deck
Sep 27
Peggy Hoffman

The team is spread out across the state or the region or the country - how can you lead the group effectively? This volunteer development presentation examines the must-haves and tips.

Slide Deck
Sep 17
Peggy Hoffman

What can you do to think differently about engaging members throughout the volunteer continuum? Lots - and it begins with giving yourself permission to play outside the lines. Check out this slide deck for ideas.

Blog
Sep 01
Peter Houstle

World number 1 tennis doubles partners and real life twins, Bob and Mike Bryan teamed up to do a cool commercial for Esurance featuring a mobile robot which allowed them to explore NYC without leaving the locker room. The robot, currently available from Double Robotics for an easy $2,499…not including the essential tablet (iPad or similar), lets you cruise about on a virtual Segway, carrying on conversations, snapping photos, consuming hot dogs…oh well, maybe not the hot dogs…=O

Blog
Aug 01
Leslie White
question of the day

Question: We are a XXX organization for XXX and have more than 100 components (we call them chapters) in cities across the country.  They are all 501c6 organizations with their own articles, bylaws and D&O insurance.  Question of the day: do they also need liability insurance?  Most of the larger components have had it; however, the rates tripled this year so they are asking if it is a requirement.  Recommendations?

Blog
Jul 17
Carol Blattau
I Quit

I came across Ashima Goyal-Siraj’s piece in Volunteer weekly, The “Oh! by the way” trap. It’s in response to an article by Thomas McKee on the same subject, and one that I—and just about any volunteer—can relate to.

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